North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN, Dec 2014
Scheduled for North Korea satellite launches are basis for the preparation of the flight to the moon, said in an interview with the Associated Press, the Director of the research Department of the National Agency for the development of the aerospace industry Hyun Guanyin. He stressed that, in his opinion, the flight of a North Korean spacecraft to the moon will be feasible “within a decade”.
In the nearest plans of the Agency to develop satellites to monitor the Earth’s surface and geostationary communications satellites, said Hyun, Guanyin. “Despite attempts by the US and its allies to stop our space program, our scientists will conquer space and will surely hoist the flag of the DPRK on the moon,” he said.
The last satellite launch was made in North Korea on 7 February. The use of ballistic missiles for launching it into orbit and conducted a month earlier nuclear tests served as the basis for the imposition of new UN sanctions against the DPRK. Pyongyang is forbidden to conduct experiments that can be used to develop weapons of mass destruction.
The companion “kvanmenson-4”, according to official figures, is designed to monitor the Earth’s surface. According to us intelligence, the satellite after orbital insertion has not filed signals and randomly rotated. In late February, chief of the center for the exploration of outer space, Colonel Andrei kalyuta said that the satellite started to work and may lead exploration.
According to Hyun Guarjila, “kvanmenson-4” as of July 27, made 2513 revolutions around the Earth, the day after launch, handed over 700 images of the surface of the planet. Scientific head of the North Korean space program said that the satellite is still operating normally, and transmits information four times a day, when flying over North Korea.
North Korea managed to launch a spacecraft in 2012, reminds the AP, noting that South Korea is not yet possible.
Hyun Guanyin also noted that the DPRK army has made progress in the creation of rockets of distant radius of action, which can fly to any place on Earth and especially to the American territory.” He also said that “our state does not need to use the space program to develop ballistic missiles.
North Korea conducted the latest test of a ballistic missile “Musudan” on July 22. According to the South Korean military, the attempt was unsuccessful. The previous four tests of this type of rocket was also unsuccessful.